regret, despair and misery" (Maupassant 2) for she had none of the wealth her friend possessed. She is battling herself with her desires, dreams and her reality. By rejecting reality and clinging to a fantasy Mathilde ruins her life. "She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury." (Maupassant). "She had no clothes, no jewels, and no nothing. And these were the only things she loved; she felt she was made for them." (Maupassant). "Give your invitation to a friend whose wife has better clothes than I do." (Maupassant). This shows just how envious she is of richer women. Also, human emotion is jealousy and this is the primary theme portrayed by the villagers in Ursula Wills-Jones’ short story entitled “The Wicker Husband”. The husbands and wives watched how well the husband had been treating the ugly girl. Each time the ugly girl asked him to do something he did it. She would say, 'This roof is leaky. Bring me a ladder: (Wills- Jones) .The husbands and wives would see their behavior, get jealous and start cursing at each other. The wives wanted the husbands to do what he was doing for the ugly girl and the husbands wanted the wives to act and dress differently." Instead, wives pointed out to husbands that their doors needed fixing, and why didn't they offer"? "The men retorted that maybe if their wives made an effort with new frocks and flowers in their hair, then maybe they'd feel like fixing the house, and everybody grumbled and cursed each other"(Wills- Jones). The women even exclaimed "she needs to be brought down a peg or two"(Wills-Jones). Although the theme of marriage is represented in both short stories, it is depicted differently. In “The Wicker Husband,” No one wanted to marry the ugly girl so she went ahead and made one. “ I want you to make me a husband, "(Wills-Jones). It turned that they were happier than the other village couples were and neither one of them were wanted by the villagers.
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